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5ive, A1, Damage and 911 are doing a massive ‘90s boy band nostalgia gig

Slam dunk da funk!



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The ‘90s were a golden era for boy bands, with the decade swimming in so many curtain-rocking groups of lads it was hard to keep up with them all.

Now some of the biggest supergroups are reuniting to bring you one massive boy band nostalgia tour.

The Boys Are Back tour will see 5ive, A1, Damage and 911 combine to play a load of gigs across the country early this year – including a healthy number of shows in the North.

5ive are leading the comeback, playing classics like When The Lights Go Out, Keep On Movin’, Everybody Get Up and, of course, Slam Dunk Da Funk.

Joining them will be late ‘90s boy band A1, R&B group Damage and pop group 911 – making the tour an all-British affair.

The official 5ive Twitter account posted: “We’re excited to announce that we’ll be joining A1, Damage & 911 at venues all over the UK in February and March on The Boys are Back Tour! Four acts, one unforgettable night!”

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They’ll be doing gigs across the North, in Blackburn, Carlisle, Newcastle, York, Sheffield, Hull, Liverpool and Manchester.

The tour is throughout February and March, and hits the 02 Apollo in Manchester on Friday March 6th – for the full list of dates, more info and tickets, head over to the ticket site here.

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The annual Manchester Coffee Festival is coming back this year

Coffee connoisseurs, rejoice!



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It’s the news every Manc coffee lover has been waiting for: After a year out, the annual Manchester Coffee Festival is officially making its comeback. 

The independent festival, run and organised by local company Cup North, will be setting up shop at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Stretford where over fifty different coffee makers will be in attendance, ready to serve guests steaming hot cups of their finest blends. 

Festival-goers will be able to wander through countless stalls while sipping delicious variants of coffee, learning the secrets behind their favourite blends, receiving top tips from coffee making experts and learning everything there is to know about the classic drink. Oh, and there will be free tea and chocolate samples on hand, too. 

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And drinking all the coffee you can handle isn’t the only activity on the cards: the festival will also be hosting the UK Cup Tasters Championships, a fun, fast-paced coffee contest that will see the UK’s most acclaimed coffee tasters compete against each other. 

Over in the Festival Talks Zones, industry leaders will also be sitting down to discuss a whole array of coffee-related topics ranging from social issues to the more technical matter of coffee science. 

And it isn’t a festival without music, is it? Manchester’s favourite independent record store Wilderness Records will be on hand to produce an eclectic rota of live musicians, DJs and record selectors to soundtrack the MCF weekend.

The festival’s co-founder Hannah Davies said on the grand return: “We’re so excited to bring back Manchester Coffee Festival in 2021.

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“Bowlers Exhibition Centre offers us a lot of flexibility and will enable us to improve our event program with increased venue space, the opportunity to conduct indoor roasting and the return of the festival music program.”

The Manchester Coffee Festival is set to take place from November 6th-7th at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre. Tickets aren’t on sale just yet but to make sure you don’t miss out, you can join the waiting list here, which will give you exclusive access to tickets before they go on sale to the public. 

For more information on the festival and it’s Covid secure measures, visit the website here.

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An award-winning Bee Gees tribute band is coming to Manchester next year

Calling all BeeGees fans!



Stayin' Alive UK

The UK’s top Bee Gees tribute act are coming to Manchester to put on the performance of a life time next year.

Winners of the National Tribute Awards in 2013, 2016 and 2017, the tribute act Stayin’ Alive are recognised as the UK’s most authentic and successful Bee Gees Tribute group.

They re-create an amazingly accurate portrayal of the Manchester-born Gibb brothers, covering hits from all decades. Their uncanny resemblance to the original band has to seen to be believed and has gained them huge respect over the years.

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A little bit about the band – Jimmy Stanley stars as Robin Gibb: Jimmy first appeared on ITV’s Stars In Their Eyes as the singer-songwriter in 1994 and went on to form Stayin’ Alive in 1997. Alan Leather, meanwhile, stands in as Maurice Gibb, and joined Stayin’ Alive from its creation in 1997 along with Jimmy.

And, last but not least, Bill Howard performs as Barry Gibb. Bill joined Stayin Alive UK in 2007 and became the bands fifth ‘ Barry.’

The band will be coming to Altrincham’s Bowdon Rooms on Saturday April 2nd, 2022. Tickets are on sale now, so make sure you get yours booked before they sell out!

Stayin’ Alive UK

Located in Bowdon, Altrincham, The Bowdon Rooms is an example of stunning Edwardian architecture with Art Deco influences in the immaculate interior.

Dating back to 1903, the award-winning venue is a great choice for exclusive events with its abundance of old style charm and grandeur, authentic character and beautiful features.

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Tickets for magical Harry Potter forbidden forest experience are out now

A truly magical experience for all Harry Potter fans



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Calling all Harry Potter fans: An enchanting forest trail inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter is set to come to Cheshire later this year. 

Warner Brothers Themed Entertainment have teamed up with Thinkwell in a partnership that will see Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience –  taking place usually in the United States – arrive just around the corner from Manchester over in Cheshire.

The exciting Forbidden Forest attraction will debut this autumn in the beautiful woodlands at Arley Hall & Gardens, giving fans of the magical franchise the chance to experience a night time trail akin to the films.

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Visitors will be able to make their way through the magical woodland and follow an illuminated path on which they will discover not only a whole array of surprises, but some of their favourite moments from the books and the films.

After watching the beautiful forest come to life, visitors can then go on to enjoy a wide range of food and drinks at the nearby village, before perusing the on-site shop for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise to take home.

Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Themed Entertainment, said: “The Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience offers fans a new way to enjoy some of the most iconic and magical wizarding world moments.

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“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Thinkwell to bring this incredible light trail to life at Arley Hall & Gardens, a perfect location where the natural beauty of the forest trail and illuminated sets filled with familiar creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, will make for a magical experience for fans of all ages.”

The trail will follow a one-way route through the gardens, and will also be fully accessible to all as well as Covid secure in adherence with the latest Government safety guidelines.

The event is on from October 16th until November 22nd and you can grab tickets here.

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